No, I am not hiking in Georgia right now. I've never hiked in Georgia. Not yet! So, let me explain....
At work, we are having our annual Charitable Virginia Campaign to raise lots of money for all kinds of worthy causes. I always donate by payroll deduction, but there are also many fundraisers, and my division often does a used book sale. I need more books like I need 10 more pairs of used running shoes, but in the afternoon yesterday, I finally had a break from a very busy week at work to check it out. And lo and behold, prices were slashed in half - just 50 cents for paperbacks and a buck for a hardback! The first thing I saw was a paperback entitled "50 Hikes in the North Georgia Mountains" by noted outdoor author Johnny Molloy. I read an article about him over the weekend that said he spent more than 200 nights outdoors so far this year. Oh, and his girlfriend just broke up with him! Coincidence?
Anyhow, I live hundreds of miles from the mountains of North Georgia, but for 50 cents - just a penny a hike - how could I not buy this book? After all, I could win the lottery and quit working. Or maybe I will retire some day (year, decade, century) and have a lot more time to hike. So I bought it! I'd like to hike in Georgia someday, and I bet after reading this book, I'll really want to.
It got me wondering: how many of the 50 states have I hiked in? So I added them up. I only counted states where I have done at least one real hike - not a stroll in a city or a footrace - of at least a few miles. Here is what I came up with:
16 states: almost one third of them - not too bad. I was tempted to count California, because I hiked once in Muir Woods, but it was only a mile or so. And with all the great places to hike in the Golden State, that can't really seem to count. It would be cool to hike in all 50. I think I need to set a goal to hike in at least one new state next year.
In the meantime, now I can read all about hiking in the Georgia Mountains. If I win that lottery or get that retirement check, I'll have to head down that way and take a hike. After all, I don't want to waste my 50 cents!
How many states have you hiked in? Take my poll!
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